I have heard some people say recently that the use of non-traditional methods of interrogation are a must-use when dealing with the likes of Iraqi detainees and Al Qaida and other extremists. "You know," the argument goes, "these guys are tough cookies. We have to reply in kind."
"It's dubious at best whether these methods are effective," Dr Allen Keller, director of the Bellevue/New York University Program for Survivors of Torture, said. "What I've heard over the years from the countless torture victims I've cared for is that they will say whatever they think the torturer wants to hear in order to stop the abuse."
The question also remains, what happens to these people when they are released? Some evidence shows they learn to cope, but perhaps they also turn their anger and rage outward. Are we perhaps helping create the next generation of radicals willing to use terrorist tactics?
Perhaps it would be better for us to adopt the long term approach: consistent interrogations over a very long period of time. Americans have always sought the quick and easy route; perhaps this is just another example.